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Rihanna: 'If I Ever Go To West Africa, It Would Probably Be For A Free Concert'

In a rare interview with MIranda July for The New York Times' T Magazine, Rihanna reveals that she'd like to play a show in West Africa.


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Rihanna recently sat down with author and filmmaker Miranda July for one of her first interviews in years, which was published earlier this week in The New York Times' T Magazine. In A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna, the pop star opens up about what she searches on the internet ("Oh, random things. Like I will be sitting around Googling childbirth"), her reservations about being "sent" alone to New York to record a demo as a teenager, and what she looks for in a man ("guys who are cultured... speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history").

Most interestingly, the article mentions that Miranda July asked a question suggested by her Nigerien cab driver en route to the interview: when is Rihanna going to West Africa? 

The Barbadian star responded, "You know what? If I ever go to West Africa, it would probably be for a free concert. I would want to do something for the people there. Maybe we can make a whole event, the way Bob Marley would have done it. Just for the people. And if they climb over the gate, let them climb over the gate." We'll be keeping tabs on that one.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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